An ethnolinguistic analysis of Hispanics in Miami -Dade County

David G McGuirk, Florida International University

Abstract

Using a language ecology framework, this dissertation examines the ethnolinguistic vitality (demographic, institutional support and prestige factors) of the immigrant Hispanic population of Miami-Dade County. Using statistical analyses and GIS methods census data are analyzed compared to San Diego County. In addition, the historical, geographical and sociocultural situation in Miami-Dade County on Spanish language use is evaluated. Finally, using a 171-question survey, language attitudes are assessed. The dissertation concludes that because of the unique ethnolinguistic vitality of Hispanics in Miami-Dade County: (1) Significant residential patterns and a unique demographic profile of Hispanics throughout Miami-Dade County have contributed significantly to a stable bilingualism. (2) Although institutional support of Spanish use in Miami-Dade County is relatively robust, a lack of support in the educational institutions threatens the prospects of continued, stable individual bilingualism and community diglossia. (3) Hispanics in Miami-Dade County are likely to support the use of Spanish as a private and public language because they consider it an important part of both their cultural heritage and their daily lives. ^

Subject Area

Language, Linguistics|Sociology, General|Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies|Sociology, Demography

Recommended Citation

David G McGuirk, "An ethnolinguistic analysis of Hispanics in Miami -Dade County" (January 1, 2004). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI3169463.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI3169463

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